412 buffalo north/ Mingo'd say. Days, and we'd see a old bull, maybe, and a couple of cows. And bones layen white on the ground, fer as a man's sight, white lak a salt flat, The wagon wheel went over 'em, cracken. We come to Dodge City. They was bones piled and ricked up thar, a sight of bones. Them nesters and 'steaders done picked up and brung 'em in to sell 'em. They was buyen 'em back east to make fertilizer to put on the wore-out ground. Bones ricked up thar along the Santa Fe, a-waiten, you ne'er seen sich. They was fellers in Dodge City, but not lak a-fore. Fellers was setten round didn't have a dime, what had been throwen round the green lak a senator. Bones and broke buffalo hunters thar, them days. We was in Dodge City, and Mingo ne'er outer spitten-range of a bottle. ' Buffalo gone,' he said, ' durn, and hit'll be whisky next, and no country fer a white man.' But they shore-God wasn't no drout in sight yit. Not with Mingo. " We was in Dodge City, and word come the Santa Fe Line was payen out good money fer men to fight the Denver and Rio Grande fer putten the track through where the Arkansas comes outer the mountains, out in Colorado. Mingo come and said to git ready, we was goen. But I said, naw, I wasn't gonna be a-shooten and killen no human man, not fer no railroad, no way. 'Me,' Mingo said, 'I kilt plenty fer the gov'mint goen on four years, and kill a man fer the gov'mint, I shore-God oughter be willen to kill me one fer anybody else. Even a railroad.' But naw, I said. But Mingo went on and done hit, and me waiten in Dodge City. Then he come on back, and money he had. ' Hit'll be Santa Fe Line,' he said, ' and Irish fer cross-ties,' "Then Mingo said: 'Yellowstone, up Yellowstone and they's buffalo lak a-fore. Hit's the word. Git ready/ But I ne'er said nuthen. ' What you setten thar fer?' he said. ' Git ready/ Then I said I wasn't aimen to go. ' What you aimen to do?' Mingo said. I said I couldn't rightly name hit, but hit would come to me. I said I might take me out some ground, have-en a little money left to git me gear and a start.